Thursday, January 4, 2007

About the Author

Hello! And welcome to my journal. I call myself the Beading Gem because of my given name Pearl (really!) and because I love beading and jewelry. So much so in early 2005, I started my own small business offering a Design Your Own Jewelry service to local budding enthusiasts (see Workshops and Home Beading Parties) initially in Halifax and surrounds, Nova Scotia, Canada.

As we have way too much fun designing jewelry at BG home parties and workshops, I found I had little time to tell the fascinating stories behind the beads and gemstones we use and about jewelry too.

So it was time for another "facet" of the Beading Gem. The Beading Gem's Journal is the place for all those stories I never get to tell, melding all my passions - writing, reading,crafts,  history and science (I was then a scientist by day) into this blog.

Check back often for "nuggets" of information. Better still, subscribe and don't miss a post! It's free.

Here too will be a showcase of original beader designs. I am often awed by how good some of the jewelry which comes together in a single afternoon are and by beginners who have never ever beaded before! The work of artisan jewelers from around the world are also featured, providing all of us with inspirational designs.

I have also written about the many free tutorials shared by other artisans and contributed some of my own. They mark the many things I have learned along my journey as a jewelry artisan.

I hope you will join me.

Update :  I retired from my scientific job late in 2012 and moved to the Waterloo-Kitchener-Cambridge area Ontario. Meet me at the Grand River Bead Society meetings where I am now a member! Stay tuned for more from the Beading Gem!

Do drop me a line or comment. I love to hear from readers.

Interviews/Features


March 2012 :  What a Gem! Featured Designer - Pearl Blay
March 2012 :  Featured on Online Colleges USA
May 2012 : Featured Artist on Mixed Kreations Jewelry
May 2012 : The Pearl of the Beading World on Wire Workers Guild 
April 2014 : Featured on the Little Koo Blog

Guest Posts
5 Reasons Why Artists Should Write a Blog

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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Jewelry Business Tips 

24 comments :

Jimmy said...

Hi Pearl, Jimmy from metalchasers, I have fallen in love with your Site! It's just fantastic, I would love to start a blog and add to my website but I have no technical expertise to speak of, so I will vicarously enjoy thru yours lol, Great work pearl, thanks for being my friend

Diane AKA BlogNet Awards Team said...

Congratulations! You have been nominated for the BlogNet Awards January Contest. We are busy getting all the nominations for January's contest up on the site, which is taking a little time as we now are getting more nominations every month.

Every blog that is nominated goes through a manual review, before being accepted onto the site, to make sure that only good quality blogs are entered into the BlogNet Awards.

For your (and your readers) information, Nominations are accepted until the 15th of the month, but the voting and commenting are accepted until the end of the given month.

Also, even if a blog does not win in a particular month, the blogs are automatically put into the next months draw. The chances of winning become even greater as everyone can plan their strategy for getting votes and comments.


Once again congratulations on your nomination and we wish you the best of luck.

BlogNet Awards Team

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sally said...

Pearl! How appropriate. Like your blog page and the generosity in sharing your knowledge. Visit my humble blog Tangerine Days... I do tatting but am fascinated with wire wrapped jewelery and so am soaking up info.....

ZIRCON JOYAS said...

Hi Pearl,
Adriana from Zircon Joyas, have a nice day & joyful life.
Happy 2010 !!!
Love.

Anonymous said...

Love this site! Do you have anything on beadpunk jewelry coming up?

The Beading Gem said...

Not immediately but I did have a beadpunk tutorial posted some time ago -

http://www.beadinggem.com/2010/01/how-to-make-beaded-steampunk-bracelet.html

Selina said...

Beautiful site Pearl, i wish i found your site earlier, there's so much to learn from you :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Pearl, my name is Meruyert what means in my native kazakh language a Pearl. I also have sisters whose names are Diamond, Emerald, and Moonlight. I love your blogging site. I have been reading almost everything since I found it yesterday. Like you I also am a huge jewelry lover, but I don't know how to make them, I simply buy who already made. I loved the historical collection of queens and princesses and their jewelry story. Wish you good luck in your business! i will make sure I join your facebook ^^

The Beading Gem said...

Hi Meruyert, That's delightful we share the same name. Your sister's names are delightful! One of my cousins is named Ruby. I guess our parents think we are precious indeed!

Ruth said...

I have been receiving your journal via email for several months now, and I only just now read your about me page. I love the journal, all the ideas, jewelry tutorial, book reviews, beginner idea and everything else. I feel blessed to have found you and I wish I lived clse so I could attend your classes. Could you share the details of your jewelry making partiesS? Thanks Ruth

The Beading Gem said...

Thanks Ruth for all your kind words! I already shared the information about my beading parties in a past post -

http://www.beadinggem.com/2007/01/home-beading-parties.html

yokabarahona@hotmail.com said...

hola soy CHILENA me encanta tu sitio es precioso me encantaria ser su amiga saludos

The Beading Gem said...

Greetings to you too!

Eva Maria Keiser said...

Thank you Pearl for the amazing posts and offerings on The Beading Gem's Journal Blog...it is terrific.
Greetings,
-Eva Maria

Pearl Blay said...

I'm so glad you enjoy reading my blog and thanks for the kind comments!

motidana said...

Wow , I feel like the Pandora`s Box has opened for me when I saw your blog ! Fantastic inspiration and knowledge for a beginer in the world of beading and jewellery making , I have found a treasure. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowladge. And thanks to Divya N too for giving me a lead to your blog.
Looking forward to loads of inspiration

Motidana

Pearl Blay said...

Welcome Motidana to my blog! Not sure I would call it a Pandora's box unless you are talking about bead addiction! But I am glad you like my posts and thanks for the encouragement.

Jems of Joy said...

Hi Pearl! I have been following your blog for years now and still enjoy it every day. As a former resident of the Maritimes, I always hoped I would get to meet you sometime if we went down east...and today I realized that you have actually moved to Ontario and very close to where I live! I am planning to visit the Grand River Bead Society show and look forward to meeting you at last.

Rick Swartzwelder said...

Hi Pearl ! Rick with Bezel Form. Want to do a 72 pc set this year ?

Pearl Blay said...

Sure! I will contact you via email.

Kosmina1258 said...

Hi pearl, I was wanting to let you know that I was having some trouble with my kindle when I was attempting to post to the blog about the the gift certificate and using mixed media in projects. I want to apologize if I sent more the one of each post. I really wanted the longer or of two posted, the shorter one is a quickie of the other so if that shorter is the only one then that is ok too. I apologize for any inconveniences I may have caused.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pearl, my name is Małgorzata - the Polish equivalent for Margaret - and for Pearl too, I think :) I've found your blog about an hour ago and... I love this site!! Keep your work, please! XO

Pearl Blay said...

Hi Malgorzata! Thanks so much for the encouragement! It's comments like yours which keeps me going.

I learned something new today - I did not know the Polish equivalent of Margaret. Now I do!

Pearl Blay said...

PS Yes the name Margaret derives from the Greek work margarites for pearls. So we do have the same name!

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